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#1 jannerboyuk

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 06:02 PM

Would people like to see the final played as a curtain raiser to the challenge cup?
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Posted 10 June 2013 - 06:06 PM

It may well be a good idea, or perhaps tie it into the Exiles game so its in the heartlands



#3 GeordieSaint

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 06:08 PM

Would people like to see the final played as a curtain raiser to the challenge cup?

 

I personally would love that to happen but can't see the RFL ever going for it. Not sure the Championship clubs and supporters would either?! It would be interesting to hear their thoughts but it would be an awesome experience for players.


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#4 Ponterover

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 06:08 PM

Would people like to see the final played as a curtain raiser to the challenge cup?

 

Always liked the idea, turn it into more of a day out for the entire RL family.



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Posted 10 June 2013 - 06:10 PM

+1 from me. I think it would be a good idea.


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#6 GeordieSaint

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 06:10 PM

Always liked the idea, turn it into more of a day out for the entire RL family.

 

Interesting! I have the same thoughts but not sure if certain sections of fans would entertain this due to bitterness towards SL etc. It would a fantastic event.


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Posted 10 June 2013 - 06:11 PM

Would people like to see the final played as a curtain raiser to the challenge cup?


Would love it - the more RL I get to watch live the better!

#8 Wellsy4HullFC

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 06:26 PM

What if a Championship side reached the CC Final?
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#9 shrek

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 06:27 PM

Why not add it into the Magic Weekend?

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:09 PM

Why not add it into the Magic Weekend?

 

I'd do that, not sure if the FA would be too pleased with back to back RL games on their hallowed turf...


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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:31 PM

Just to be clear, the Challenge Cup already sells quite well including to Championship fans, so it is unlikely to have any significant boost in attendances of finances. But it would lose the income from the NRC final as a standalone event. It would also make it into an afterthought as all the attention will be on the Challenge Cup Final while, as much as it is, it does generate some interest on its own.

And won't somebody think of the children! If you play the NRC grand final you deny them the kids the chance to play there in the schools final.

You are not going to get that many turning up before midday to watch the NRC, especially if it means setting off extra early from the north, which is when it would have to be played. The BBC will still want the Challenge Cup at 2.30 so they can show Final Score, and you would need to leave time between matches in case extra time is needed, so with time to take care of the pitch it would probably need to kick off 3 hours before that.

The only benefit to doing it is it would be cheaper for fans who would have gone to both.

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:32 PM

Would people like to see the final played as a curtain raiser to the challenge cup?

I would foresee a lot of arguments about the finances even if the other problems could be overcome.

Do they have enough dressing rooms ?
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#13 Just to be clear

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:39 PM

Do they have enough dressing rooms ?

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:40 PM

Just to be clear, the world cup semis will be buggered if they do not!

Fair point !!
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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:33 PM

It may well be a good idea, or perhaps tie it into the Exiles game so its in the heartlands

 

What are "heartlands"?


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#16 MidlandsRugbyLeague

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:43 PM

I'd do that, not sure if the FA would be too pleased with back to back RL games on their hallowed turf...


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Posted 11 June 2013 - 08:20 AM

Challenge Cup's been a double header every year since we went back!

Just remind me how long the Under 11s play .......
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Posted 11 June 2013 - 08:35 AM

It would immediately devalue the Northern Rail Cup, reduce the interest in it amongst casual fans & the media, mean the RFL draw less income, and create issues in terms of ticketing, sales, marketing and promotion for the day at Wembley.

Brilliant idea. Let's do it.
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#19 gingerjon

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 08:37 AM

I'd do that, not sure if the FA would be too pleased with back to back RL games on their hallowed turf...

We had the double header in 2011 and will have another this year.

I'm sure the FA are fine with it. It is special, semi-artificial turf after all.
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Posted 11 June 2013 - 08:42 AM

The way London are playing at the moment could well mean that Sheffield could find themselves in the semi finals for the first time since they were cannibalised by Huddersfield.

 

I fail to see how you can promote a final for a competition as a curtain raiser for the challenge cup, when all participating teams in the former are also participating teams in the latter.






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